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Our action against illegal polluters led to historic victory.

When it comes to polluters breaking our cornerstone environmental laws or regulators who aren’t taking the proper steps to make sure polluters comply with these laws, PennEnvironment has long worked to use the power of citizen enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act to address these issues. In 2016, PennEnvironment litigated a federal Clean Air Act lawsuit against the largest steel company in the world, ArcelorMittal, after uncovering hundreds of environmental violations at the company's coal processing facility located just outside of Pittsburgh in the city of Monessen, PA.  A settlement is now in sight that will require the company to upgrade the facility, reduce its pollution, pay a significant civil penalty, and comply at last with the Clean Air Act.

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PennEnvironment blasts legislature for historic vote on Marcellus Shale

In a move supported by the gas and oil industry, the Pennsylvania state Senate and House today voted, by a relatively slim margin, in favor of Marcellus Shale legislation that environmental groups, local officials, public health experts and tens of thousands of residents have opposed for months.

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Legal Complexities of Shale Gas Drilling and How It Could Affect Us

With so many aspects of Marcellus Shale gas drilling for Pennsylvanians to focus on - impact fees and severance taxes, reports of air and water quality hazards, health hazards of Marcellus Shale gas extraction, the passage of HB1950 and how it affects local government control over drilling activities, it’s sometimes difficult to turn our attention to yet another concern.

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It’s easier being green at Beth Or Eco-Expo

The free Community Eco-Expo Jan. 22 was a little different from Congregation Beth Or’s typical social action efforts to help the less fortunate or raise money for schools. But a core group of congregation members has always been interested in protecting the environment, according to Eco-Expo Chairwoman Lisa Brown.

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Citizens Voice Support for Clean Cars at Philadelphia Hearing

More than one hundred citizens, including doctors, experts, religious leaders, elected officials, and small business owners turned out to voice their support for cleaner cars at a federal public hearing in Philadelphia today. The hearing, one of three being held nationally, was hosted by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation to gauge public opinion on new clean car standards being proposed for new vehicles sold from 2017-2025.

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Letter: New fuel standards save gas and money

"Gas prices going nowhere but up" sure is right that we are all draining our wallets at the pump. A recent study has found that the average household is spending approximately 8.4 percent of its income on gas alone. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel that comes in the unexpected form of increased automobile fuel economy standards.

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